State Dept: Iran Allowed to Build New Nuclear Reactors

IRAN CAN BUILD NUCLEAR PLANTS BUT ISRAEL CAN’T BUILD SETTLEMENTS

OMRI CEREN, TIP:On Tuesday Rouhani announced that Iran is building two new reactors. Yesterday the announcement hit the news cycle here in town. This morning the WFB published the State Dept’s response. The full article is pasted below. Key line:

“We are aware of the announcement and are reviewing the details,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak on record. However, “in general, the construction of light water nuclear reactors is not prohibited by U.N. Security Council resolutions, nor does it violate the JPOA,” the official said.

Remember that the Iranians accomplish a number of things when they bolster their nuclear infrastructure. Substantively, they inch closer to a bomb (or in the case of new reactors, they give themselves excuses to inch toward a bomb: they’re already saying they need more enrichment capacity for their reactors).

Diplomatically, new infrastructure gives the Iranians more leverage in negotiations. The more they have, the more they have to bargain with. The JPOA was supposed to freeze the Iranian program to prevent them from improving their position as talks proceeded. It failed. Instead the Iranians spent the last year building up their nuclear program – and their leverage – across all areas:

* Uranium – The JPOA allows unlimited enrichment from 0% to 3.5%, which is about 60% of the effort needed to get to weapons grade levels. Every day they’ve got 9,000 centrifuges spilling and building up their stockpile. The only caveat is they have to convert the newly enriched gas into oxide, a process that would take them a couple of weeks to reverse.

* Plutonium – The JPOA allows unlimited work on Iran’s Arak plutonium factory as long as the Iranians don’t touch the reactor at the site, and unlimited work on reactor parts off-site.

* Ballistic missiles – The JPOA allows unlimited work on ballistic missiles.

And now…

* Physical infrastructure – The JPOA allows allowed unlimited construction of full-blown nuclear reactors.

 

Obama admin says OK to new nuke plants as talks continue
Adam Kredo, FREE BEACON
January 15, 2015 9:35 am

Iran is permitted to build new nuclear reactors under the existing conditions of an interim deal with the United States meant to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon less than a day after Iran announced the construction of two new nuclear plants.

The construction of these new nuclear plants is not prohibited under existing United Nations restrictions or under the terms of the current interim nuclear agreement inked in 2013 with the United States, according to the State Department official.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday that Iran has begun construction on two new light water reactor nuclear plants in the southern Bushehr region. The announcement came as senior U.S. officials meet with their Iranian counterparts in Geneva for another round of talks.

The State Department says that it is still reviewing the details of Rouhani’s announcement.

“We are aware of the announcement and are reviewing the details,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak on record. However, “in general, the construction of light water nuclear reactors is not prohibited by U.N. Security Council resolutions, nor does it violate the JPOA,” the official said.

The United States remains committed to ensuring the “peaceful” nature of Iran’s nuclear program, which continues to progress in part as talks continue through July 1.

“We have been clear in saying that the purpose of the negotiations with Iran is to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program remains exclusively for civilian, peaceful purposes,” the official said. “The talks that we have been engaged in for months involve a specific set of issues relative to closing off all possible pathways to Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb. That remains our focus.”

Rouhani touted the new nuclear construction on Wednesday following a meeting with investors in Bushehr province, where the nuclear facilities are being built.

“Construction of two new power plants will increase the capacity of Bushehr province’s power generation to 2,000 megawatts,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the country’s state-run Fars News Agency.

Rouhani claimed that the new nuclear construction is proof of Iran’s peaceful intentions on this front.

“The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is an example showing that Iran is only looking for a civilian use of the nuclear energy and for power generation,” he was quoted as saying.

The new nuclear plants are being constructed with help from Russia, which signed an agreement in March with Iran to aid in the construction.

As talks with Iran continue, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up to pass legislation to level more sanctions on Iran, a move that the administration argues would effectively detonate the delicate negotiations.

Final language on a new sanctions bill was agreed upon late Wednesday between Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), according to Bloomberg.

Critics of the ongoing negotiations maintain that the interim deal and subsequent agreements have done little to actually freeze Iran’s nuclear progress.

In addition to the nuclear plant construction, Iran is permitted under the current deal to enrich uranium up to 3.5 percent, continue working with plutonium, and continue its controversial work on ballistic missiles.

Iran also has admitted to building advanced missile sites in Syria—where it is fighting on behalf of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—and has been accused in recent days of also building a clandestine nuclear facility there.

“Rouhani went out of his way to humiliate the Obama administration,” said one senior foreign policy hand who works on the issue. “He picked the day when negotiations were starting again and his declaration is the literal definition of building new nuclear technology.”

“And instead of fighting back, the White House is again rolling over and letting themselves be slapped around,” the source said. “They’ll do anything—anything—to get a deal with Iran.”

Senators have become increasingly frustrated by what they say is the Obama administration’s ongoing refusal to give lawmakers a say in the negotiations.

Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Congress will move to enact legislation that will give Congress the ability to veto any final deal that it deems flawed.

“I don’t think the administration really would like for Congress to weigh in in any regard on any issue relating to foreign policy, but Congress will weigh in on this,” Corker told Bloomberg. “In the very near future there will be a markup on a bill that will give the Congress the ability to weigh in.”

 

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  1. @ yamit82:

    Excellent.

    The world must understand. this people the Jews will not only survive, they will conquer their enemies.

    They could very well be our savior from the evil forces in the world today.

  2. We collectively behave like victims in waiting and history has provided robust evidence that the enemies accepted our chosen role. That must be changed all the way around. NOW!@ SHmuel HaLevi 2:

    One thing for sure SHmuel you are running on all cylinders.

    Whether true or not, it’s been noted the Jews as a whole did little to resist their German captors.

    Your right on, that has to change and I believe it has.

    In spite of some leadership problems, the IDF is an example of the best of the best young Israelis, both men and women.

    I believe they fear none and their motto must be “NEVER AGAIN”.

    I also believe the Arabs are beginning to understand this (the Arabs are not too swift and it takes time to sink in).

    Israel cannot wait for the world to declare and restore what rightfully belongs to the Jews, G-d given rights to the Holy Land, they must reclaim it, dirt by dirt, stone by stone while removing the intruders and as you stated, NOW.

  3. Naturally. I have no idea, as I said before, what does it take for Jews to GET IT!
    We collectively behave like victims in waiting and history has provided robust evidence that the enemies accepted our chosen role. That must be changed all the way around. NOW!
    We must be feared, our soldiers must be known as ruthless fighters that do not take prisoners. The enemies must live in collective terror.
    No proportionality, no cease fires, no negotiations. And above all NO RUBBER BULLETS…
    The enemy will never stop if they get the upper hand against us and we simply cannot do anything less against them.
    SOLUTION: Immediately disband the combina which controls for decades the State, refuse to take part on the “israeli demokratiah” circus.
    The people directly must act to freely elect a NEW Jewish National Assembly replacing the aggregate periodically constructed to make it appear as a collective governing body.
    Return to the fold all territories ancestrally part or Eretz Israel.
    Identify internal enemies in those our lands and facilitate their exit.
    Identify facilitators, traitors, spies, criminals and deliver them to Newly elected courts.
    Institute a legal system solely based on Jewish Law.